Monthly Archives: December 2013

Top 10 of 2013: The Year That Got Away In the Saskatoon Sports Community?

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If one is to look at it, 2013 came and went in the Bridge City and in a lot of ways one could best describe the year as one that got away. Here is a look at my top 10 thoughts from the last 12 months on the Saskatoon Sports scene…

10 Well let’s start with the one that didn’t get away. The Saskatchewan Roughriders Grey Cup victory, their fourth in franchise history, is going to be hard to top on or off of the field. The Green and White after a red hot start faltered in the final third of the season. However, come play-off time Quarterback Darian Durant was not going to be denied leading his team to a win over B.C. in the West Semi-Final and then a dominant performance in the West final at Calgary. That lead to the greatest Grey Cup game in the 101 year history of the contest thanks to the fans and buzz in Rider Nation. With former Quarterback and Coach Kent Austin on the Hamilton sidelines the Green and White used the 13th man to their advantage scoring a 45-23 decision over the Tabbies. In the words of Rod Pedersen,

2013 Just Keeps Getting Better For Weyburn’s DeLaet

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Who would have thought that 2013 could have gotten any better for third year PGA pro Graham DeLaet from Weyburn?

In 2013 DeLaet cracked the top-10 seven times, with a career-high second place finish.

All told, DeLaet made the cut in 21 of the 26 events that he competed in. Those finishes earned DeLaet just more than $2.8-million and qualified him for the FedEx cup play-offs not to mention a spot in the President’s Cup, where he went undefeated in the prestigious match-play format.

Blades Suffer Big Loss: Nogier Done For Season

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PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

The Saskatoon Blades and general manager Lorne Molleken have announced that defenceman and alternate captain Nelson Nogier will undergo surgery to repair an injured shoulder.

“Nelson Nogier injured his shoulder during a fight in Edmonton on December 15th,” announced Molleken. “He’ll head in for surgery later this month to repair the labrum in his right shoulder and we fully expect it to be a season-ending injury.”

The procedure is expected to sideline the Saskatoon product anywhere from 3 to 4 months.

“Obviously it’s an unfortunate thing to happen,” said the Blades defenceman. “But, injuries come with the game so I’m just going to have to deal with it and try and move on in my career.”

Nogier had appeared in 37 games this season prior to suffering the injury. The 6’2, 193 pound blueliner had posted 6 points, 25 PIMs and a -2 rating while also scoring his first career WHL goal on October 9th against the Vancouver Giants.

Ex-Blade Sinks Former Team

The Saskatoon Blades Host the Prince Albert Raiders at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, SK. December 28, 2013

PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

The Prince Albert Raiders followed up their Friday night performance on Saturday night, closing out their annual home and home against the Blades with a 4-2 victory on Saturday night in Saskatoon. Former Blade Ryan Coghlan scored a goal for the Raiders as it was the first game on their new teams for both him and the newest Blade in Dylan Busenius.

The Blades had the best chances to start the game, with Chase Clayton walking down the wing not even 4 minutes into the game and ripping a shot wide on the short side during a 2 on 1 break. The Blades held a 6-3 shot advantage through the opening 10 minutes, which included a good hard shot from the newest Blades defender Dylan Busenius that was stopped by Raiders starter Cole Cheveldave. Despite those good chances for Saskatoon, it was the visitors who struck first at 11:25. And while it was the visitors scoring, it was a familiar face doing the damage as Ryan Coghlan’s wrist shot beat Alex Moodie fivehole to make it 1-0. Coghlan was just dealt to Prince Albert late last night in the deal that saw Busenius become a Blade. After the goal, each team had a great chance to get on the board, with Logan Harland’s hard wrist shot being kicked out and Raiders forward Carson Perreaux being robbed on the doorstop by Moodie. The shots were 11-8 Blades through 20 minutes despite trailing 1-0.

The Blades got a good chance to open the second period on the right foot in t

Riders Named Team Of 2013

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Corey Chamblin could win another 10 football championships and never duplicate the one he earned this year with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Roughriders successfully shouldered the weight of heavy expectations and overcame adversity in 2013, capping the year with a dominant 45-23 Grey Cup win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Nov. 24. The title was Saskatchewan’s fourth but first on home soil before a rabid Mosaic Stadium gathering of 44,710.

“There will never be a more perfect night in football than that one,” the Riders head coach said. “When we walked out and saw all that green, I’ll tell you, it wasn’t just a home game, it was more a homecoming.

Blades Return Home: Game Day Preview

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Photo Courtesy: Steve Hiscock

The Saskatoon Blades are back on home ice tonight as they finish off a post-holiday home and home with the Prince Albert Raiders tonight. Last night the two teams met in Prince Albert, meeting for the fourth time this season.

Last Game Recap

The Saskatoon Blades saw their losing streak slide to 12 as they fell 5-2 last night in Prince Albert. The Raiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the second period, getting goals from Reid Gardiner (2) and Darcy Zaharichuk in the first 8:23 of the frame. An Ayrton Nikkel goal got Saskatoon on the board late in the frame before the teams went back and forth on the scoreboard in the frame. Shane Danyluk and Jayden Hard rounded out the scoring for the Raiders while Chase Clayton scored the Blades second goal at 11:21 of the third. In net, Troy Trombley made 36 saves for Saskatoon.

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Blades Swing Deal With Rivals:

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PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

The Saskatoon Blades and General Manager Lorne Molleken are pleased to announce that they have acquired 1993-born defenceman Dylan Busenius and a pair of draft picks from the Prince Albert Raiders.

In exchange for Busenius and the draft picks, the Blades have traded 1993-born left-winger Collin Valcourt and 1995-born defenceman Ryan Coghlan to the Raiders. The picks incoming to Saskatoon are 2nd and 5th round selections, both in the upcoming 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

“Dylan is a veteran in this league and someone that we’ve seen grow and mature as a player over the last number of years,” said Blades general manager Lorne Molleken. “We feel that his experience, skillset and leadership abilities will be a great fit for our young hockey club and we look forward to having him join us in Saskatoon.”

Blades Skid Hits A Dozen:

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The Saskatoon Blades were back on the ice on Friday night in Prince Albert, but couldn’t get back into the win column against the Raiders.  Saskatoon dropped the game by a count of 5-2, kicking off their annual post-holiday home-and-home at the Art Hauser Centre.

The Blades and Raiders kicked off their annual post-holiday home and home on Friday night with a scoreless but physical first period.  The Raiders had the first good chance of the game only 5:30 in as Gage Quinney fed Reid Gardiner, who got a chance away but was stymied by the left pad of Blades starter Troy Trombley.  The Blades then answered with their own good chance later in the period while on their first PP of the game as a Cory Millette slap shot left a puck beside the net for Matt Revel who just ripped the chance wide of Raiders goalie Cole Cheveldave.  The top chance of the period for either team went to Saskatoon with two minutes to play in the frame.  Import forward and leading scorer Nikita Scherbak walked through a pair of defenders at the opposing blueline, kicked the puck up to his stick and deked to the forehand, only to have his chance denied by the pad of Cheveldave to keep the game scoreless.  Shots were 16-6 for Prince Albert in the scoreless frame.

My Top 10 Thoughts On This Tuesday Morning!

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Here is a random smattering of top 10 thoughts from the week that was in sports…

10 Kahri Jones to B.C. First off congratulations to the former Saskatchewan Roughrider Quarterback coach who signed on as the B.C. Lions Offensive Coordinator, yesterday. Jones didn’t get a lot of credit for the success of Darian Durant this season BUT the Rider pivot who put up career numbers this past season in addition to leading the Green and White to a win in Grey Cup 101 will be the first to tell you about his impact. Now the big question for Rider fans is whether or not he is the first of an exodus of coaches?  

9 More football and the reactions are mixed south of the border with the news that Tony Romo’s season appears to be over for the Dallas Cowboys. Some fans of America’s team have thrown in the towel when it comes to the team’s play-off chances. Others’ are excited that back-up Kyle Orton will have a chance to come in and try to make up for Romo’s short comings. To me lost in the entire equation is the fact that Tony Romo not only led the Boys to a win at Washington to keep his team’s play-off hopes alive but he did it with a herniated disc.

8 Over to hockey and the Saskatoon Blades loss streak to was extended to 11 games last week heading into their Christmas break. I found it interesting listening to new owner Mike Priestner that he felt the team is where they thought they would be heading into the break, (10-25-1-2). He was disappointed with the tailspin the team is in at the moment. The biggest question I think that fans of the Blades can ask is how long is ownership willing to wait for a turnaround.  

Riders Lose First Coach:

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The BC Lions Football Club announced Monday morning that Khari Jones has been named the club’s offensive coordinator.

“Khari is a young, fresh football mind that brings a key combination of significant playing and coaching experience to the role of offensive coordinator,” said head coach Mike Benevides. “After a number of conversations with Khari over the past couple of weeks, I am very excited about the offensive concepts he will bring to our offence and how they will translate on the field.”

Jones joins the Lions coaching staff following a championship season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders where he served in a key role as quarterbacks coach for the past two years helping guide Darian Durant to his first career title run this past November. Durant also led the CFL in TD passes in 2013 and ranked third in quarterback efficiency behind only Ricky Ray and Kevin Glenn.